Pineapple-Cashew Fried Rice

There was a sale on pineapples over the weekend. 2 of $5! I couldn’t pass it up. Artie and I tore into the first one, which was so sweet and delicious. We had a second one, but wanted to do something different.

On a visit to Whole Paycheck…Foods, I saw they had a pineapple fried rice dish at their buffet. I tried a little bit and found it to be pretty good. So with my second pineapple in the house, I used that visit as a bit of inspiration to make a pineapple fried rice with cashews.

Using ingredients that were in the cabinet and veggies that needed to be chopped and cooked, I put together a tasty dish that could be a side or an entrée. I enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to having more the next day. Well, Artie had the same idea and happily devoured the leftovers.

Guess that means I need to make more!


Pineapple-Cashew Fried Rice
Source: Mac Buying 2 Pineapples for $5
Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 8oz. extra firm tofu, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 c. fresh pineapple, diced
  • 4 c. brown basmati rice, cooked
  • 1/2 c. toasted cashews
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste, optional

Directions:

  1. In a large heated skillet pan, add canola oil, making sure it coats bottom of the pan
  2. Add garlic and saute until lightly browned. Then add sliced onion and cook until translucent
  3. Toss in pepper and tofu, drizzle hoisin sauce and rice wine vinegar and add pineapple. Cover pan for approximately 5 minutes. Stirring once or twice
  4. Uncover pan and stir in rice, cashews, tamari sauce and crushed red pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes
  5. Add a couple dashes of salt and pepper, if you wish. Serve. 
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